1960 born in hong kong.
he came to international attention with his “redwhiteblue” series,
which he presented at the 51st venice biennale in 2005 representing hong kong.
he was awarded the hong kong contemporary art awards 2012 and
the hong kong arts development awards 2011 – award for best artist (visual arts) in 2012.
his “lanwei” series was collected by M+ museum, hong kong in 2013.
investigation of a journey to the west by marco polo: redwhiteblue / tea and chat / venice italy
east and west cultural intercommunication began more than eight hundred years ago,
when marco polo came to the east…
kublai khan trusted the western visitor, marco polo, put his talents to good use,
and maintained an open attitude.
in his travels, marco polo talks about east asian and chinese cultures
and gives detailed descriptions of places such as dunhuang,
and discoveries such as printing and dynamite.
but he says nothing about the great Wall, calligraphy or tea.
did people in the yuan dynasty not like tea? didn’t they want marco polo to
take the art of tea drinking home with him?
didn’t marco polo care about tea? i shall never know.
but our art of tea drinking has given me much food for thought.
more than eight hundred years later, as a chinese,
i appreciate the richness of chinese culture.
i am proud of it and yet i embrace it with an open mind.
now that my visits to the mainland are more frequent,
i care more about the issues of the country and my home [hong kong]….
the world is becoming smaller and smaller with the advancements in transportation
and things are now a far cry from the way they were in the days of marco polo.
the invention of computer interconnection [micro-technology]
has cut the distance between men to zero.
but this zero distance has led to an aversion to face-to-face
intercommunication and contact.
people have become even colder than a computer monitor…
chatting over a cup of tea has become rare and strange.
our hong kong, our home, since the ’97 handover,
has become shrouded in an atmosphere of mutual distrust,
non-communication, and non-consensus….
this makes me uneasy…
with the premise that things in hong kong can be improved,
under the alias of anothermountainman,
i shall try to promote the positive spirit of hong kong in both two
redwhiteblue / tea and chat
i want to re-create a chinese tea-house using red,
white and blue to symbolise the spirit of hong kong.
everyone, whether hong kongite, chinese, or Italian,
is welcome to sit there and think about the 21st century [the computer age],
intercommunication between men, mutual trust and the attitude of openness.
紅白藍 / 飲杯茶．傾過飽